New Head of School announced

On behalf of the Day School Board and Search Committee, and with the approval of the Temple Beth Am Executive Committee and Personnel Committee, we are pleased to announce that Nora Anderson has been hired as the next Head of School of Temple Beth Am Day School starting in the 2020–2021 school year.  

Our goal was to hire the best Head of School candidate in the country to help lead Temple Beth Am in its next chapter of success and growth — we believe we have accomplished that with Nora Anderson. Following a rigorous national search process involving our entire TBAM community, there was enthusiastic and unanimous support for Nora as our next Head of School.

Currently, Nora is completing her 17th year as the Head of School of Carmel Academy in Greenwich, CT. During her tenure at Carmel, the student population more than doubled as Nora introduced a next-generation, child-centered approach to learning, all through a Judaic lens.  
Carmel’s students have gone on to succeed in the rigorous academic environments in New York and Connecticut and then to top universities. Nora has earned an extraordinary national reputation as an educational administrator, who has led numerous workshops on educational best practices and curriculum design. She is one of the most highly sought-after Jewish Day School Head of School coaches in the country.

Nora was born in Gibraltar and grew up in Peru, where her father serves as the country’s Chief Rabbi. She is fluent in both Spanish and Hebrew. She holds a master’s degree in school supervision and administration from Bank Street College and a master’s degree in school guidance and counseling from Lehman College. Nora holds additional advanced certifications from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Columbia University Business School Executive Education-Institute for Day School Leaders, and from Teachers College. Nora and her husband Jordan have five children, one of whom has served in the IDF.  

Over the spring semester, Nora will visit periodically to begin the transition process with Dr. Deborah Starr, the administration, and the faculty. We will offer numerous opportunities for the community to begin to get to know her.

We are extremely grateful to Dr. Starr for her decade of service to TBAM and look forward to a well-executed transition that will build on the legacy of academic excellence that she has built for Temple Beth Am Day School.

Roman Krislav
Search Committee Co-Chair
Adrian Dubow
Search Committee Co-Chair
Elizabeth Biondo
School Board Chair

Members of the Search Committee
Rachel Bailine, Dr. Lee Binder, Larry Brooks, Jennifer Ferris-Hill, Laura Haim,
Laura Koffsky, Wendy Perlman, Dr. Kate Lampen-Sachar, Jaime Williams